To describe the resulting shambles as a disappointment or a failure or even a defeat would be the weakest statement I could possibly make: it feels more like a sick, choking nightmare of betrayal from which there can be no awakening.
That's Christopher Hitchens on the Iraq War, the rationale for which he continues to support
—in theory at least. His less rosy summation of the debacle as it stands now, quoted above, is from his current Vanity Fair article
on Kurdistan—the only place left in Iraq where there's any hope.